Honda Pilot

The 2017 Honda Pilot abandoned its prudish exterior in favor of more style. Its underpinnings, though, are focused on function. On all trim levels, Honda’s iVTM-4 is available, a masterful torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system that has impressive qualities.


Heated front seats, heated rear seats and remote engine start are all available depending on your choice of trim level. But if all that’s necessary is AWD, the 2017 Pilot will get you there for $32,395.

Audi Q3

Surprisingly, Audi has an offering that doesn’t break the bank. The 2017 Audi Q3 fits neatly into the cute ute segment but there’s no mistaking its versatility. It’s available in both front-wheel drive and Quattro AWD, and the turbocharged 2.0-liter is plenty.

Heated front seats are an extra bonus but an extra cost. And although the Audi Q3 seems pretty basic for its namesake, the German engineering is obvious in every touch. Plus, you can get into a Q3 with Quattro AWD for a paltry $33,900.

Toyota RAV4

The first of two great Toyota options is the 2017 RAV4. It’s a little mousey if you’re looking for a go-everywhere, do-anything kind of vehicle. You won’t be plowing through snowdrifts with reckless abandon. But if your intent is a great commuter with reliable traction, the RAV4 is it. All trim levels can be equipped with some type of AWD system, and the entry-level LE offers Dynamic Torque-Control AWD. You’ll go where you need, even if the roads aren’t plowed yet.

Heated mirrors, a heated steering wheel, and yes, heated front seats are all available options. As well, remote engine start is a winter must-have the 2017 RAV4 offers. Our RAV4 LE rings in at $27,250 for starters.

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